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10 ways to occupy your little monkeys this summer!

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So, September is here, after weeks of summer holidays with your little monkeys, you may feel like you’ve exhausted every option and have explored every green space that your town has to offer. Maybe you’ve hit a summer slump, or the chorus of children shouting, “I’m bored!!” has simply got too much… Well, never fear, for Go Ape is here!

There’s still time to make memories and moments that will tide you over until the next holiday. After all, come mid-September you’ll be missing the tiny terrors, so it’s best that we make the most of the time we have.

That’s why we’ve come up with a list of family-friendly and super fun days out and activities for you and your tribe to enjoy. Not to mention, we’ve included a few rainy day suggestions for when this good ‘ol British weather does what it does best!

1. Picnic in the park – Make the most of the fleeting, lovely sunny weather by packing up a picnic and heading to your favourite green space… just watch out for those pesky ants!
2. Escape to the coast – What’s a summer holiday without a trip to the seaside? Whether you opt for the traditional bucket, spade and sandcastle day, or want to live a little adventurously and go body boarding or surfing instead, just remember to bring your wetsuit!
3. Camp out under the stars – Unlock their inner astronomer by setting up camp in your back garden and teach them all about the constellations.
4. Go foraging – Foraging can be a great way to explore the parks and woods you may already know quite well. You can find guides online that show you how to identify everything from wild garlic to blackberries. You might just get a delicious meal at the end!
5. Get baking – Whether it’s cookies, cakes or a delicious apple crumble, doing a little baking will keep your little monkeys occupied for hours (and well fed afterwards!). Who knows, maybe they’ll make it for you as a treat once flu season rolls around!
6. Build a fort – Who says rainy days are no fun? Recruit all of your little monkeys and find every teddy bear, blanket, cushion and squishy thing in your house to make your very own blanket fort! Once it’s constructed, fill it up with fairy lights, books and games, and watch the hours slip away…
7. Complete a nature scavenger hunt – You can make your own, or head down to Exmoor where you can letterbox! Letterboxing is like a big scavenger hunt where you find boxes others have left, before leaving your own memento inside. A countrywide version of this is Geocaching; why not see if you have some close by downloading the app?
8. Slip and slide in the back garden – What better way to while away a sunny afternoon? All you’ll need is a hose, some thick plastic sheets, lawn space (preferably on a hill) and lots and lots and lots of soap!
9. Get artsy and crafty – Enlist your little ones to make a birdhouse (or a bat house!)? Capitalise on their creativity by teaching them how to make origami or how to create their own finger puppets (and put on a show afterwards!).

10. Tree Top Junior – Of course, one sure way to leave them smiling is to take them for a swing through the trees on one of our Tree Top Junior course! Up in the canopy, they can be as loud as they like (Tarzan hollering is encouraged) and they’ll be so wrapped up in the excitement and new challenges and experiences, that those dreaded words – “I’m bored!” – will never even cross their minds!

Our Summer Adventure Backpack

Forest Segway Go Ape

Woah! We’re going on an adventure…

 

Adventures come in all shapes and sizes. They can be scary, fun, thrilling or life-changing (or all of this rolled into one!). They could last a mere few hours, take place over a long weekend, or go on and on for months. They can be embarked on solo, with a partner or a mahoosive tribe. You get the picture, we’re sure!

 

Anywho…regardless of what kind of summer adventure you’re embarking on next, there are some absolute essentials that certainly warrant a place in that backpack of yours.

Here’s a list of 13 items we simply couldn’t adventure without…

 

  1. Portable fan. When the cold tap is nowhere in sight, you can always rely on a battery-powered fan to rid your eyebrows of sweat beads.
  2. Torch. If you take a wrong turn in the dead of night, this noble accessory will guide you back to base.
  3. Batteries. Because a portable fan or torch without batteries are pretty darned useless!
  4. A picture-taking device. Snap away so you can relive memories of your adventure (but don’t forget: look with your EYES first!).
  5. Your diary (and pen). Taking pics is one thing; jotting down how you felt during your adventure is another. Flick back and read your entries in a few years’ time and it’ll all come flooding back!
  6. Multitool. All hail, the multitool! Most adventurists simply cannot do without this does-almost-everything device.
  7. Suncream. Safety first, tribespeople. It’s summer and you don’t want to end your adventure with a beetroot complexion.
  8. ‘Proofs. What a fool you’d be to assume that there won’t be any rain during your summer adventure. This is England, after all! Pack some ‘proofs for your expedition – they’re worth the additional weight.
  9. Phone (and portable charger). Stuck in the woods without a phone – is that not the opening scene of many a horror flick? Pack your phone, plus a charger (and hope it has signal if you ever come to need it).
  10. Water. When that portable fan simply doesn’t do the trick, and for essential hydration during your adventure, make sure you pack water – and plenty of it! Be kind to our planet by opting for a reusable bottle.
  11. Snacks. What is an adventure without snacks? A hungry one, is what! You don’t want to be distracted during your adventuring by a painful, grumbling stomach, so make sure you load your bag with tasty treats.
  12. Something warm. You can’t count on our summers to be dry and you can’t count on them to be warm, either. Pack something warm and snuggly if your adventure is likely to last into the evening.
  13. A travel-size game. If you think your adventure will involve some sitting around, twiddling thumbs, pack some cards or a mini Scrabble and the time will whizz by.

Have we missed anything super essential off the list? If so, let us know what it is, and we’ll pack it next time…!

Get Ahead For The Summer Bank Holiday

Wintry Weekends at Go Ape

At last, there’s another bank holiday coming up for us all to look forward to!

 

This weekend will be an extra-long one, with many of us being treated to a paid-for day off work on Monday, 28th August. It’s about time – we haven’t had a bank hol since the end of May, after all!

 

…Oh, and there won’t be another bank holiday until (dare we say it?) Christmas! So, that’s why it’s mega important you make the most of it. And to do that, you need to plan, plan, plan! Here’s how we think you should go about it (forgive the festive feel, we just couldn’t resist):

 

We’re making a list…

 

You’d be surprised at how much adventure you can cram into a three-day weekend! So to make the most of it, grab a pen and scribble down a list of things you’d like to do. Don’t worry if you get carried away and the list turns out to be super-long – if you don’t get round to doing everything, you can turn to that piece of paper the next time you’re pondering what to do!

 

Fancy camping out under the stars one night? Itching to get into the sea to surf, swim or wakeboard? Do you dare to do something…daredevil? How about running rampage in the canopy with your tribe at Go Ape!? Prioritise your must-dos by putting them at the top of the list.

 

We’re checking it twice…

 

So, you’ve written a long list of things you want to see, do and experience. Now, top it up with a few, unusual activities. These might not immediately spring to mind, so rely on the good ol’ internet for some inspiration. Or, here are some ideas:

 

  • Book a one-day wild foraging course
  • Laugh ‘til you’re blue in the face at a comedy night
  • Hang out with some alpacas at The Lakes Distillery near Keswick, Cumbria
  • Marvel at the Mods at the Isle of Wight International Scooter Rally
  • Learn to catch a carp from an experienced fisherman
  • Have a lesson in chocolate making (you get to take home whatever you make = bonus!)

 

As well as researching some unique ideas, ask your tribe if they have any suggestions for activities. If you quite like the sound of them, put them at the top of your list, as we all know the best adventures are shared adventures!

 

We’re gonna find out what adventures are nice…

 

You’ve done the hard work…now, to have some fun! Don’t wait about – if things need booking, book them pronto to avoid disappointment (particularly considering it’s a bank holiday weekend). If Go Ape is on your list (which we sincerely hope so), then you can choose to swing with us by embarking on a Tree Top Adventure, roll with us aboard our Forest Segways, zip endlessly on our Zip Trekking Adventure, or (brand new for 2017) hang out in our mighty Nets Kingdom!

 

You’ve got plenty of tree-mendous options – perhaps gather your tribe together and agree on one (or two!) activities you all like the sound of most. We hope to see you in the forest very, very soon!

How does it feel to Segway through the forest?

Seize Adventure
Have you swung through the trees with Go Ape before? Have you felt the high ropes in your hands, the wood beneath your feet and the wind in your face as you soared through the air via zip wire? Great,€“ now, onto your next, forest-themed adventure!

This week under the spotlight: our self-balancing, all-terrain Segways, which transport tribespeople into the heart of the forest to enjoy an hour’€™s worth of exploration. As soon as you’€™ve had a quick training session from one of the Go Ape tribe at Segway base (where you’€™ll master controlling the machines), you’€™ll be free to roam!

Maybe you’€™ve been on a Segway before. They’€™re becoming more and more popular in big cities with tour groups. A designated guide takes the helm and you all roll around soaking up the sights, while learning more about the area.

City Segway tours are good fun,€“ but believe us when we say, they are nothing compared to Segway-ing in the forest! You have absolute freedom. Forget congestion, pavements and pre-defined routes. You pick the path, you pick the pace, you sculpt your own adventure!

Expect simple paths and trickier trails, too. Expect to weave in and out of the tree trunks. Expect bumps, lumps and dips. Expect to see wildlife. Expect to breathe in fresh, crisp scents of the forest. Expect to laugh. Expect to make memories that’€™ll last forever!

We could go on (and on, and on) about how awesome our Forest Segway Experience is. But we realise that we’€™re obviously going to be a little biased and you may not end up trusting us fully. So, that’€™s why we’€™ve rounded up some fellow tribespeople to share their Segway experiences with us and you. We want you to hear about this unique adventure straight from the horse’€™s,€“ no wait, monkey’€™s mouth!

Every other week throughout the summer, we’€™ll be uploading a new video where we quiz a tribe on their Go Ape adventure. The Adventure Tales will chronicle the emotions, thoughts and experiences of a tribe when they #SeizeAdventure with Go Ape. They’€™ll tell us truly how they felt whilst embarking on a Go Ape adventure and will hopefully inspire you to book a visit to the trees!

So, without further ado, let’€™s hear what three, lovely chaps had to say about their recent Forest Segway Experience …

 

View the other tales here!
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